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Welcome to LFHS Tech Crew!

We meet most Saturdays from 9:00am-12:00pm and again from 1:00pm-4:00pm. (Students go to lunch from 12:00 pm-1:00pm)

Tech Crew creates the sets, lighting, sound, special effects and scenic automation for all plays, musicals and the APT Talent Show.

No prior experience is necessary – so please join us if you have any interest in building, painting, lighting, sound or electronics. Consult the calendar above or contact Joseph Aquino jaquino@lfschools.net for more information.

Once you have learned the basics, working on a few school productions, you can be invited to join the elite team of technicians on the PAID TECH STAFF who provide technical assistance for school, community and outside events, which take place in one of our performance spaces.

Sound

Sound is an important part in all productions and events at Lake Forest High School, whether it be sound effects and music designed to enhance the performance, sound reinforcement for singers and musicians, providing an audio feed for video recording, or just sound amplification for a guest speaker, the sound crew works with state-of-the-art digital equipment to add creative enhancements, or to help get the message out clearly and effectively.

Some useful sound resources:

Yamaha LS9 Online Seminar
This video gives a great overview of many of the features of our digital mixing board, the Yamaha LS9. If you are going to be anywhere near the mixer, you should watch it!

Freesound
This site is where we like to get sound effects. It's a completely free and user-generated library of sounds.
 

Lighting

The lighting crew is heavily involved with all productions at Lake Forest High School, and is looking for more students to join the Lighting Crew. Members will be able to learn how to use 'intelligent' lights, a state-of-the-art ETC Ion lighting console, and learn about lighting concepts and color theory.


follow Spots

In the auditorium we have two Lycian Midget 1206 follow spots with dimmers, two Altman Satellite 1 follow spots, and three Source Four units modified for manual usage from suspended positions on the catwalk and grid. If you are interested in joining the spot crew for the APT Talent Show contact

Props

Students interested in art, design or crafts can find a rigorous outlet for their creativity. Once the set is built it is the job of the Prop Crew and Scenic Artists to transform it into the fantastical or realistic world of each different production. From the colorful, imaginary world of Seussical to the believable 19th century world of Pride and Prejudice, the task of finding the perfect piece of furniture, accessory or decoration is challenging and fun. Learn how to research the styles of different time periods in history or of different cultures around the world. Learn how to paint faux-finishes of brick, stone, woodgrain and foliage. The Scenic Artists and Props crew put the finishing touches on each production to complete the world of the play and to transport audiences to new and different worlds.
 

APT TALENT SHOW

The annual APT Talent Show, currently presented each March, provides the greatest set of challenges for the Tech Crew. With over 150 hours of preparation this is certainly our biggest and most spectacular production of the season, including every technical element possible, from intelligent lights - programmed to move and project a variety of colors and patterns; to traditional human-controlled follow spots that follow each performer as they move across the stage; to video projections and live cam feeds; to sound effects and dozens and dozens of special microphone and speaker set-ups; to smoke, fog, and dazzling pyrotechnics that stun and bring cheers from the audience. This is a show not-to-be-missed and a brilliant reason to join Tech Crew and become a part of this outstanding club experience.